Park Ji-yeon

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Park Ji-yeon
Park Ji-yeon at 2015 Summer K-POP Festival.jpg
Park performing at the 2015 Summer K-pop Festival
Native name 박지연
Born Park Ji-yeon
(1993-06-07) June 7, 1993 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels MBK Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 박지연
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Bak Ji-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chiyŏn

Park Ji-yeon (born June 7, 1993), better known by the mononym Jiyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group T-ara and its sub-group, T-ara N4.

Early life and education[edit]

Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, on June 7, 1993,[2] from a Korean family.[3][4] She briefly attended Hyehwa Girls' High School and graduated from Lila Art High School in 2012.[5]


2008–2009: Career beginning and T-ara[edit]

She and Hahm Eun-jung are the only two members of T-ara to be trained in acting. Instead, the two switched over to singing despite their original intentions.[6][7]

Park has expressed an interest in modeling. In 2008, when she was 15 years old, she was featured in several pictorials and advertisements for clothing company Smart with Korean boy band SHINee.[8] She collaborated with Davichi and SeeYa on the digital single "Female Generation/Forever Love", which was released in May 2009, making her the first member of T-ara to appear in public. She appeared in SG Wannabe's music videos "Saranghae" and "My Love is Crying" from their 2009 album, Gift from SG Wannabe. Early on, the Korean media dubbed her as "Little Kim Tae-hee" due to her close resemblance to Kim.[9]

Park auditioned at the Mnet Casting System and joined the company in 2008. She subsequently debuted with T-ara debuted on 29 July 2009, as the youngest member.[citation needed]

2010–2013: Acting debut and breakthrough[edit]

In 2010, Park starred in Master of Study, a Korean screen adaptation of Japanese manga Dragon Zakura.[10] The same year, she played the leading role in horror film Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp and starred in the youth drama Jungle Fish 2.[citation needed]

In October 2010, Park became the host for MBC's Show! Music Core, alongside Bae Suzy and with Choi Min-ho and Onew.[citation needed] She also became a cast member of SBS' variety show Heroes.[citation needed]

In 2011, Park teamed up with MBLAQ's Lee Joon to voice the animated film, Gnomeo and Juliet.[11]

In 2012, she was cast in the teen drama Dream High 2.[12]

2014–2016: Never Ever and return to acting[edit]

Park made her solo debut in May 2014, releasing the single "Never Ever" (also known as "1 Minute 1 Second").[13] The music video ranked number one on China's biggest music video site YinYueTai for two weeks straight.[14]

In June, Ji-yeon was cast in MBC series Triangle, starring as the potential wife for Yim Si-wan's character.[15] The same month, she began hosting SBS MTV's The Show alongside Lee Hye-ri.[16]

In May 2015, Park was cast in the Korean-Chinese film Encounter alongside actor Lee Dong-gun.[17] In July 2015, she collaborated with 2BIC's Jun-hyung on the song "Summer Love".[citation needed]

In 2016, Park was cast in the web drama My Runaway alongside Kang Dong-ho. The drama was released on Netflix in December 2016.[18]

2017: Comeback[edit]

In February 2017, it was announced that Park would be making her solo comeback after 3 years with a new album.[19] However, album preparations were later put on hold.[20]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2011, Ji-yeon pulled a right knee ligament and was rushed to the hospital for further treatment. Her agency released a statement saying that Jiyeon's condition was being monitored. She was reported recovering and would continue to attend T-ara's tours, although she needed considerable assistance for each trip due to her injuries. [21]

In February 2017, Ji-yeon and actor Lee Dong-gun were reported to have ended their 2-year relationship. Ji-yeon and Lee have met through the film Encounter, and were confirmed to be dating as of July 2015.[22]




Title Album details Peak positions Sales
TWN East Asian
Never Ever 3 11 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Peak positions Sales Album


Billboard V Chart
2013 "My Sea" - - -
  • KOR (DL):
Bunny Style!
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" 17 6 1[27]
  • KOR (DL): 322,949+[28]
Never Ever
2016 "Summer Love"
(With Junhyung of 2BiC featuring Yoon Yo)
- - -
  • KOR (DL):
Summer Love
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region


Year Album Song Duration Notes
2009 Cinderella Man OST "Women's Generation" 3:32 with Seeya and Davichi
"Forever Love" 3:32
2010 Master of Study OST "Rolling" 4:01 Solo
Jungle Fish 2 OST "Little By Little" 4:10 Solo
2012 Dream High 2 OST "Superstar" 3:42 With Hyorin and Ailee
"Together" 4:19 With JB
"Day after Day" 3:43 Solo
2013 Bunny Style! "Dangerous Love" 3:40 With Ham Eun-jung and Hyomin
2014 Triangle OST "Kiss and Cry" 3:31 With Cho Seunghee (F-ve Dolls) and Shorry J (Mighty Mouth)

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
2014 "Yeurido Cherry Blossom" 70 Never Ever
"Marionette" 80
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Director
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" Hong Se Hyun



Year Title Role
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Lee Se-hee
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Juliet
Gisaeng Ghost Cameo
2017 Encounter


Year Title Role Network Notes
2007 Hello! Miss KBS2 Cameo
Lobbyist Deaf daughter's friend SBS
2008 Aeja's Older Sister, Minja Maeng Na-yeon
2009 Soul Yoon Doo-na MBC
High Kick! (season 2) Lee Yu-ri
2010 Master of Study Na Hyun-jung KBS2
Jungle Fish 2 Seo Yul
2011 Miss Ripley Yu MBC Cameo
2012 The Thousand Man Han Yi-seul
Dream High 2 Ri-an/Lee Ji-kyung KBS2
2014 Triangle Seong Yoo-jin MBC
2015 Sweet Temptation Ji-ho Web drama
2016 My Runway Han Seo-yeon Netflix


Year Title Role
2012 Our Youth, Roly Poly Musical Han Joo-young

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
2010 Heroes Cast SBS
2010–2011 Music Core Host MBC
2015 The Show Host SBS MTV

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2008 "Never Ending Story"[29] SMASH
2009 "My Cry Baby"&"Saranghae"[30] SG Wannabe
2010 "Soul(ver.1)"[31] Yangpa
"I Have To Let You Go"[33] Young Gun
2011 "Shake It Up" [34] Seo In-guk
2012 "Together" (Dream High 2 OST) [35] JB & Jiyeon
2013 "Painkiller" [36][37] T-ara (Soyeon), The SeeYa (Yoojin), 5dolls (Eunkyo) & Speed (Taewoon, Sungmin)
2014 "More and More" [38] The SeeYa

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2010 SBS Entertainment Award Best Teamwork Heroes Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Master of Study Nominated
Best Couple Award with Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress Triangle Nominated
2015 Cable TV Broadcast Awards Popularity Award The Show Won
The 3rd Yinyuetai VChart Award Best Korea Female Singer Never Ever Won
2015 Yahoo Asia BUZZ Award Most Popular Asian İdol N/A Nominated


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